BARCS Animal Shelter

This past weekend, Ravens Offensize Tackle Ronnie Staley visited BARCS in Baltimore in search of adding a new member to his family. When Ronnie entered BARCS he had one request, “We are looking for dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.”

“Not-so-adoptable” can mean a lot of things here…senior pets, physically imperfect, on-going medical and more. Stanley, who played for Notre Dame, was the Ravens’ first pick in the 2016 draft. More on his new dog:
“Beautiful Winter is a dog who has spent most of her six years of life falling into sad, unfortunate situations. She was found on a vacant property, on a hot day with no electricity, or open windows. She was dehydrated and extremely frightened. Winter has a long, hanging belly, mostly likely a result of over breeding–something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter–but not by Ronnie!”
Ronnie’s thought on Winter’s belly, as recalled by our volunteers: “Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.” He was much more interested in getting lots of face kisses from Winter and falling in love, rather than being worried about the appearance of her tummy.